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So, You Want to Start a Business?: 8 Steps to Take Before Making the Leap Paperback – August 30, 2008
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From the Back Cover
- Avoid the 8 disastrous operational mistakes that kill new businesses
- Walk step-by-step through the entire process of building a winning business
- Master 55 amazingly simple rules of business success
- For every entrepreneur and potential entrepreneur...no previous business experience necessary!
- "Launch the winning business you've always wanted...or make more money in the business you've already started!"
Top Customer Reviews
Neither book tells you how to write a business plan. However, they are great books to help you polish up the business plan you have already written. If you are interested in preparing a great business plan, or in need of some strategic planning regarding a business plan you have already written, then I highly recommend you get a copy of either or both books and study them.
Included in this book is great content related to what the author claims to be 124 Business Lessons spread over 10 chapters as follows:
1. Can you be a successful entrepreneur? (15 lessons)
2. Basic rules of business success (8 lessons)
3. What is a good business opportunity? (10 lessons)
4. How do you choose the right business customers? (9 lessons)
5. How do you design your product or service? (14 lessons)
6. What is the right price for your product or service? (9 lessons)
7. How can you overcome customer inertia? (9 lessons)
8. How to manage your business (22 lessons)
9. How do you find and keep good employees? (15 lessons)
10. How do you manage growth? (13 lessons)
As you read this book with your business plan in mind I guarantee you will think of many things you have left out of your business plan that should have been included.Read more ›
The only short coming of this book are the often short explanations about "how" to do something. This book answers more the "why" plan your business and "what" to plan but not really how to go about it.
Being a large business owner and the owner of a new startup company, I can tell you from personal first-hand experience every word in this book should be taken to heart. Be brave and go for it, but know the pitfalls that most people fall into after they have started their business.
One example from the book is that people who are ready to start their own business are counting the money they are already going to make. I have been there and done that. It was nice to see a book that will ground you so you don't make the mistake of succumbing to the negatives that outlook can have.
Read the book! Be successful! Make lots of money and do it wisely!
The book is structured to cover one main topic per chapter, and it does so in an excellent way. The authors harp incessantly in the early chapters about making sure you have a profitable business idea, not just a good idea. I appreciated this because I believe there is an important distinction.
It also spends many, many pages discussing the importance of customer service. Another important point that many failed small businesses did not grasp. My partner was once turned away from a small business three times due to poor customer service policies despite him almost begging for the business's help (it was a battery store). The employees simply didn't want to take the time to help him. Now, they are unemployed or in a new line of work.
This book won't make you rich. It won't give you any good business ideas. However, it will give your business idea a stress test and help you improve any weaknesses in your existing plan. It is also sold at a good price ($9.89 for Kindle for me).
I would highly recommend this book for any person who wants to start a business but feels like they lack some business knowledge. Very good investment for the right person.
The book goes on to describe how to manage each of these areas of a new business correctly so that the pitfalls are avoided. Most of the chapters deal with issues related to getting a new business going, but chapter 8 contains a crash course in principles for managing a business, chapter 9 gives advice on finding an employing good people, and chapter 10 discusses the issues that arise as a business expands.
There are plenty of books on starting a business, and most of them cover similar territory. However, most of them are not very interesting to read. What makes this short book stand out from the others is the clear, concise and engaging way in which it is written, with summaries of "lessons learned" at the end of each chapter and resources for further learning at the end. I would strongly recommend the book to anyone who is thinking about starting a new business or looking for some quick hints on how to run an existing business well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a very interesting and informative read! I have no background in business whatsoever, but I found this book very easy to understand. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Johnson
I always have this book in my backpack where ever I go! It helps me to have a better view on starting a business!